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The British School in The Netherlands

School Governance

The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) is an independent school.  It is a non-profit organisation entirely dependent on fee income and, unlike many other international schools, receives no subsidy from either the Dutch or British Governments.

The school is managed on a day to day basis by the Board of Management.  This board answers to the school's Board of Governors who in turn are overseen by the larger BSN School Association. This structure is explained in more detail below.

Board of Management

The school is managed by the Board of Management, chaired by the Principal and composed of senior managers within the BSN's teaching and business staff. This board is answerable to the Board of Governors, which is responsible for strategic supervision and, in turn, reports to the School Association.

Members of the BSN Board of Management
Principal and CEOMr Kieran Earley
Director of FinanceMr Wouter Hoobroeckx
Head of Junior School DiamanthorstMrs Angela Parry-Davies
Head of Junior Shool LeidshenveenMrs Karren Van Zoest
Head of Junior School VlaskampMrs Sue Aspinall
Acting Head of Senior SchoolMr James Oxlade

Board of Governors

The School is managed by the Board of Governors, of which there are eight. Six of these are appointed by the general meeting of the Association (see below) and two are appointed by the Chair of the Association, His Excellency The British Ambassador. One member is the 'Governor Parental Interests' who has been nominated by the Governor Parental Interest Nominating Committee, the other appointment is at the Ambassador's discretion. A number of Governors have children currently or previously attending the BSN.

The Governors meet approximately every six weeks during the term time. The Principal is invited to attend the Governors' meetings and is normally joined by the Director of Finance. Each Governor has a key area of interest to which he or she will pay particular attention. In addition to this, a Governor may take on one or more activities in the development of the school. 

Each Governor tries to visit one of our campuses each term, spending time at the school. These visits focus on a particular aspect of the school during each visit, be it information technology, social development, or a curricular issue such as English or music, etc.  These visits are an important means for the Governors to stay in touch with the working of the schools, their staff and pupils. The findings of the visits are discussed in the Governors meetings.

The Governors review the ongoing financial picture of the school against budget and one or more agenda items are placed before the Governors dealing with medium and long-term development of the school. One of the standard items at the meetings is to review general school affairs and events as outlined in the Principal's Report - this report covers aspects of school life, focussing on academic development, staff and pupil issues and health and safety. The report also covers notable activities such as field trips, sports, visits to the school and so on.

BSN Governance: A glimpse into the role of The Board of Governors

Members of the Board of Governors
NameStrategic ResponsibilitySchool Liaison
Mr Peter Bayliff OBEChairman, Legal and Educational AttainmentOverall
Mrs Selvei ToppingParental InterestsOverall
Ms Stephanie BoydeHuman ResourcesOverall
Mr Yalçın CanatanFinance, Real Estate and Environmental IssuesOverall
Mr Kevin DouglasICT and Co-Curricular ActivitiesJunior School Vlaskamp
Mr Thierry Guisan Junior School Leidschenveen
Ms Rebecca SagarGovernment, External Relations, Health and Safety, and SecurityJunior School Diamanthorst
Mrs Alison SmithChild Care and Child ProtectionSenior School Voorschoten and Language Centre 



The British School in The Netherlands is organised as an Association ('vereniging' in Dutch) established under Dutch law, as a not-for-profit organisation. The Association is governed by its Articles of Association, which are registered at the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce) at Den Haag. The Association has a maximum of 35 members who are individuals, appointed by the general meeting of the Association. Eligibility for membership of the Association is subject to a unanimous nomination of all members of the Nominating Committee (which comprises of 3 members drawn from the Association).

The Association meets twice a year, in January when the Annual General Meeting adopts the Annual Accounts and receives the report of the Board of Governors and in June to review the annual budget for the forthcoming year. In addition to the appointment of the Board of Governors, the Association has the right of approval over contracts to acquire, dispose of or encumber registered property (such as real estate), and in respect of the Board of Governors seeking to incur a single expenditure exceeding 10% of the school's total income during the previous academic year.


Members of The Association
Sir Geoffrey Adams, Her Majesty’s British Ambassador to the NetherlandsMr P S Bayliff OBE * 
Chair of AssociationChair of Governors 
Mr Kevin Douglas*Mr Kevin CullenMr Thierry Guisan*
Mrs Mercedes HigginsMr Eric AllenMr Ian Davies
Ms Stephanie Boyde*Ms Rebecca Sagar*Mr Paul Ellis
Mr Kit CoremansMr Yalçın Canatan*Mr Rob Wainwright
Ms Alison Smith*Mrs Eileen HeetveldMr Simon Weinberg
Mrs Maureen Jonker-Carroll MBERevd Andrew Gready 
Those marked with * are also on the Board of Governors